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. >> shep: the leader who called george w. bush the devil locked up his third six-year term. hugo chavez celebrated his closest victory yet from a balcony in caracas. thousands of supporters danced in the streets below as their leader vowed to expand his socialist agenda. this time around, the constant american critic won the election by roughly 11 points. it was a much bigger margin in 06. he won by 27 then. his opponent accused him of using the oil wells to finance his campaigns. there is evidence he may have done that. steve harrigan has more. this was a fair win? >> shepherd, the opposition is conceding defeat, but also at the same time making real complaints. saying that chavez used tens of millions of dollars of government oil money to pretty much buy votes, spend it on public housing and spend it on pensions. so much so that there is real concern that the currency may have to be devalued pretty soon, shep. >> shep: steve, is there anything to come out of this that's positive for the united states? >> i think for u.s. policy makers, it is positive that this election was largely pea
to resist the failed ideology of hugo chavez and the castro brothers and deepen ties with the united states on trade and energy and security. but in all these places, just as in the middle east, the question is asked, where does america stand? i know many americans are asking a different question, why us? i know many americans are asking whether our country today with our ailing economy and our massive debt and after 11 years of war is still capable of leading? i believe that if america doesn't lead, others will. others who don't share our interests, and our values, and the world would grow darker for our friend, and for us. america's security and the cause of freedom can not afford four more years like the last four years. i'm running for president because i believe the leader of the free world has a duty to our citizens, and to our friends everywhere to use america's great influence wisely, with solemnity and without false pride and also firmly and actively to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflict and make the world better, not perfect but be
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